Mary Delach Leonard

Work/Life Reporter

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by such organizations as the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat (in Illinois) after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.

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Good Friday Blues
5:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Cathedral's Unique Good Friday Service Merges The Gospel And The Blues

Christ Church Cathedral is a national historic landmark
Credit Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The blues will spill out the open front doors of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis on Good Friday evening as local performers join in a service that blends religion with music rooted in city tradition.

The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of the Episcopal cathedral, says blues will be incorporated throughout the program. The service will begin with a dramatic reading of gospel accounts of the passion of Jesus Christ and will conclude with a live concert.

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Local Authors Showcase
9:23 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Almond Joy: St. Louis Foodies Celebrate The History, Lore And Nutrition Of A Superfood

California almonds ready to harvest, from "Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture" by St. Louis authors Barbara Bryant and Betsy Fentress
Robert Holmes

St. Louis foodies Barbara Bryant and Betsy Fentress have been at it again, blending food history and healthful facts with luscious recipes and gracious hospitality. Their new book -- Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture (2014 Gibbs Smith) -- is an ode to one of nature’s finest treats.

Did you know, for example, that almonds are a “superfood” packed with protein, Vitamin E and magnesium?

Or, that the teen-aged Leonardo da Vinci sculpted figures of marzipan, a paste of almonds and sugar?

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Wounded Warriors Project
12:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

St. Charles Man Charged With Falsely Soliciting Donations For Wounded Veterans

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar (r) and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster are charging a man for scamming about $6,000 from people and claiming the money was for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Credit (Shula Neuman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today announced criminal charges against a St. Charles man accused of falsely collecting donations for the Wounded Warriors Project, a national nonprofit organization that assists wounded American veterans. 

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Scams Update
10:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Fraudsters Target Netflix Users And People Who Don’t Owe Jury Duty Fines

Credit sxc.hu | creationc

Reporting on scams is like pulling weeds. Report on one, and two new ones pop up in its place. Here are some new scam alerts for area residents:

The Jury Duty Scam

A person pretending to be a St. Louis police officer has been calling St. Louis residents and claiming they missed jury duty, according to the St. Louis Circuit Court of Missouri.

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Consumer Alert
10:18 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Here Are Five Scams That St. Louisans Should Know About, Says The BBB

Michelle Corey
Credit Provided by Ms. Corey

Add tax return scams to the ever-growing list of ways crooks are ripping off people, warns Michelle Corey, president of the St. Louis Better Business Bureau.

In recent years, identity thieves have been filing bogus tax returns and collecting refunds, said Corey who advises consumers to regularly check their financial and credit reports for signs of wrongdoing.

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Do Not Call
8:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

FTC Is Still On The Trail Of Rachel And The Robocallers; Hang Up and File A Complaint

That's Rachel from Card Services calling again -- from a spoofed number.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Ring ... Ring ... This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms, conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today ...

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A unique local museum
9:39 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Storytelling At The Griot Has A Personal Touch

Lois Conley, founder and director of The Griot Museum of Black History, is fond of a special exhibit on the tradition of hat-wearing in the African-American community.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

At The Griot Museum of Black History, the storytelling doesn’t depend on a designated month. February is usually an important month for the organization, but the lessons are taught whenever a person or group comes in.

The little two-story brick museum in north St. Louis celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans and their connections to the region. It also presents how slaves were transported.

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Tenpin Therapy
9:09 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Local Veterans Are Raising Funds To Save Bowling At Jefferson Barracks VA

Local veterans are raising funds to build a new bowling alley at Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The little bowling alley at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center is a lively place on Thursday afternoons when patients from the spinal cord injury unit are bowling and shooting the bull with local veterans who volunteer at the lanes.

On these six wooden lanes -- amid the victorious clatter of strikes and the thud, thud, thud of gutter balls -- men and women with life-altering injuries find cheerful encouragement while learning how to use adaptive bowling equipment to knock down the tenpins.

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Standing For Justice II, 1950 to 1980
12:09 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Documenting The St. Louis Jewish Community’s Response To Extremism After World War II

Artifacts from the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives document the local response to discrimination, anti-Semitism and extremism after World War II.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A new display in the atrium of the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building may be small in size, but it packs punch with its disturbing news clippings and artifacts detailing the response of the St. Louis Jewish community to extremism and discrimination of all types after World War II.

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Sgt. Cory Remsburg
4:15 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

St. Louisans Recall War Hero Lauded During State Of The Union Address

At left, Craig Remsburg sits with his son Cory during the State of the Union address; at right, President Obama meets with the Army Ranger during rehab.
Credit Enhanced White House stream of State of the Union Address

Dear Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg:

St. Louis says, “Hi.”

With tweets and Facebook posts and all manner of website shout-outs, St. Louisans have been sending well wishes to Sgt. Remsburg, the Army Ranger who was lauded for his determination and courage by President Barack Obama during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

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